January 28, 2008
Putting video inside the Photoshop UI
As I’ve mentioned a number of times, there’s huge potential in extending Photoshop via embedded Flash–something we’ve already prototyped in CS3. Among the Flash Player’s capabilities, of course, is the ability to display video, including high quality H.264.
The idea of putting video inside Photoshop, however, sometimes draws blanks stares. "Dude, why would I want to watch Transformers in a Photoshop palette?" You wouldn’t, of course. For a more practical example, look to the new MacBook Air.
Apple has posted a set of little videos that show off the gestures enabled by the laptop’s–er, notebook’s–new trackpad. (Click the little arrow by the pictures of fingers.) Each clip is short n’ sweet, showing just what’s needed to communicate the idea.
The thing they don’t mention here, though, and that I learned by watching a demo at Macworld, is that the videos appear inside the Keyboard & Mouse section of system prefs. If you forget how they work, just pop open the controls & get a quick demo.
That’s more what I have in mind for Adobe applications. Now, as with all the times I mention future ideas, I have to manage expectations: if you like the idea, don’t be disappointed if you don’t see video clips popping out of every dialog box in Photoshop. Having said that, we hope to do things in a very Adobe way–opening the platform to the community. Something tells me that more than a few of the savvy educators out there will see an opportunity to enhance the Photoshop user experience.